portugal: castle of são jorgetravel

September 21, 2009

Photoblog of the Moment
Yesterday I walked around Lisbon on my own after getting up at the crack of 1PM. (Those external blackout shades they have here, with the pullcord on the inside, are terrific for that, just wonderful.)

I just liked the variety of vibrant trees outside of Johnny's place.

Oh, Portugal. Really?

It turned out that the Metro station was hiding behind that Chili's. These are the steps leading out of Rossio station ... you can see the Castelo de São Jorge...

Fountain at Praça de Dom Pedro IV

The colors didn't look like that when I took the picture, I thought--

There were some tents setup for some moped sellers, and I like this box that raised up out of the ground to provide electrical outlets.

The nearby Praça de Figueira--

The thing you notice about this part of town is height, like these people on a high patio.

At this point I had gotten a bit confused (mixing up the train station with the metro on the map) so I decided to go...up! To the castle, since I figured if I kept climbing I wouldn't miss it.

I kept digging much of the graffiti there, though I could see it getting old after awhile.

Policeman and pigeon.

Boy Toy! Boy Toy?

And they stickered things too.

Already you can see I'm gaining some altitude...

Nice tile work.

Cops in a "ramona". And a woman in a black and white dress.

The view from the top of the castle was superb!

So much bustle.


But I'm not at the top yet...

Just kind of liked this shot, with people.

Cat, fascinated by the door of a restaurant kitchen up there.

Then you turn the corner and AAH! STATUE ASS!

I was really struck by the trees up there, such a blend of stone and wood.

It was getting to be early evening, so the shadows were nice.

Again, more trees.

So, right, a bit higher up.

And at the base of that flag pole.

This woman had the greatest T-shirt but I was too shy to take a photo when she was facing me, so I snuck this one in.

"Photography isn't about photos. Photos never come out right. It's about ADVENTURE."
Another cat. In Portugal it seems to be not uncommon to leave food out outside for stray and outdoor cats.
And I was surprised a bit by the cats up there, but peacocks! I had no idea.

Nice slab of a table with benches.

Again, the place had a nice visual complexity.

And I love the cobblestones

More tiles. Not the best ones they had, but orange. (Miss you Amber!)

More architecture.

I'm not sure what my camera was focusing on, but I like how this one came out.

Elevador de Santa Justa - odd little thing to see...

Man, where can I rent one of these?

Skater gal outside a the Archaeological Museum...

More graffiti.

Bye, castle...

More graffiti, back near Johnny's...

You know, if you're gonna name a car "Picasso", shouldn't you have a more creative distribution of wheels, steering column, gear shift, etc?

Johnny made Chickpea salad (Chickpeas and Tuna (or dried salted codfish), seasoned with Olive Oil, Vinegar, Onion, Salt, and Parsley. She didn't like how it came out but I thought it was super-tasty.

I cut the onions. I had the hardest time with this knife though-- luckily it wasn't super sharp because I kept using it backwards (!) Here the sharp side is on the left, and of course it's obvious if you're looking for it - but something about the general shape of the knife, the curve being on the dull side, was very confusing...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/opinion/20cameron.html?_r=1 - "I want to ask if it is in your heart to forgive me. You donít have to." and other last words on Texas' Death Row.